William Enyart

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Bill Enyart
Enyart official portrait.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 12th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Jerry Costello
37th Adjutant General of Illinois
In office
September 1, 2007[1] – June 7, 2012[2]
Preceded by Randal Thomas
Succeeded by Dennis Celletti
Personal details
Born William L. Enyart, Jr.
(1949-09-22) September 22, 1949 (age 64)[3]
Pensacola, Florida, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Annette Enyart
Residence Belleville, Illinois
Alma mater Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (B.A., J.D.)
U.S. Army War College (M.A.)
Occupation Lawyer
Religion United Church of Christ[4]
Website Representative William Enyart
Military service
Allegiance United States
Years of service 1969–2012
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General

William L. Enyart, Jr. (born September 22, 1949) is the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 12th congressional district. Enyart is a member of the Democratic Party. He was elected on November 6, 2012 and assumed office on January 3, 2013.[5] Enyart is a former attorney and Adjutant General of Illinois.

Early life, education, and military service[edit]

Enyart served in the U.S. Air Force before joining the Illinois Army National Guard in 1982 as a JAG officer.[6] Holding the rank of Major General, he was appointed to lead the National Guard and the Illinois Department of Military Affairs as the 37th adjutant general in 2007, and was reappointed in 2009 and in 2011.[7] As Adjutant General, Enyart led the largest deployment of the Illinois National Guard since WWII[8] and Illinois's response to the 2011 Mississippi River floods.[9][10] He retired from the Military in 2012.[11][12]

Enyart earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science in 1974 from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and his Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1979.[13][14] In 2000 Enyart graduated from the United States Army War College with a Master of Science in Strategic Studies.[14]

Honors and Awards[edit]

On May 20, 2012 the President of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski, presented Enyart with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, an honor that is bestowed upon foreigners for distinguished contributions to international cooperation with the nation of Poland.[15] On May 18, 2013 Enyart was awarded an honorary doctorate from Lindenwood University in Belleville, IL.[16]

United States House of Representatives[edit]


On June 23, 2012, Enyart was selected as the Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois's 12th congressional district after the original nominee, Brad Harriman, withdrew from the race for health reasons.[3]

Enyart supports the DREAM Act and permitting illegal immigrants the opportunity to serve in the military to obtain citizenship.[17] Enyart is against repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He stated, "Does the Bill have its flaws? Yes, and I will work to fix them when I get to Congress."[18]

Enyart defeated Republican nominee Jason Plummer 52%-43%.[5][19]


Within the first month of his tenure in office, Enyart co-sponsored two pieces of legislation, H.R.11 : Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 and H.R.310 : No Budget, No Pay Act.[20]

On April 15, 2013, Enyart became a co-sponsor of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (H.R. 624).[21]

On April 20, 2013, Enyart introduced H.R. 1739, the Veterans Backlog Reduction Act, which would provide provisional benefits to veterans who have requested benefits from the VA and been left waiting for more than 125 days.[22]

On March 20, 2013, Enyart co-sponsored the Preserving American Privacy Act (H.R. 637) which would have required federal agencies using drones domestically to minimize the collection of personally identifiable information. The bill did not make it out of committee.[23]

On April 18, 2013, Enyart became a co-sponsor of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA),[24] which would have allowed for the sharing of Internet traffic information between the U.S. government and technology and manufacturing companies for cybersecurity purposes.[25][26] CISPA passed in the House but was not passed by the U.S. Senate. President Obama's advisers argued that the bill lacked confidentiality and civil liberties safeguards.[27]

On June 13, 2013, Enyart voted in favor of proposed amendments by Adam Smith (D-WA) that would have eliminated indefinite detention for any individual held in the US[28] and provided a framework to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by December 1, 2014.[29]

On July 24, 2013, Enyart voted against a proposed amendment by Justin Amash (R-MI) that would have defunded warrantless domestic surveillance operations by the National Security Agency.[30][31]

Committee assignments[edit]


  1. ^ http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=ND&s_site=belleville&p_multi=ND&p_theme=realcities&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=11B83C59EC568278&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM
  2. ^ http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/enyart-resigns-from-military-but-won-t-commit-to-u/article_300263ba-b0d5-11e1-aa7a-001a4bcf6878.html
  3. ^ a b http://www.washingtontimes.com/campaign-2012/candidates/william-bill-l-enyart-jr-62250/
  4. ^ U.S. House Of Representatives Members’ Religion
  5. ^ a b http://thesouthern.com/elections/ap-declares-enyart-winner-in-th-congressional-district/article_6eabd74e-2890-11e2-9e9b-001a4bcf887a.html
  6. ^ "US Congressional Candidate - General William Enyart - Biography". Monroe County Democrats. Retrieved 17 Sep 2013. 
  7. ^ Enyart Reappointed As Illinois National Guard's Adjutant General
  8. ^ http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-11-27/news/ct-met-iraqwar-illinois-homecoming-20111127_1_iraq-war-iraq-and-afghanistan-illinois-national-guard
  9. ^ http://readme.readmedia.com/Quinn-Illinois-National-Guard-Adjutant-General-Metropolis-Mayor-Flood/2314863
  10. ^ http://www.army.mil/article/55691/
  11. ^ Enyart Resigns As Adjutant General Of Illinois National Guard
  12. ^ http://www.semo.edu/sepr/news/index_42704.htm
  13. ^ SIU Law Class Notes
  14. ^ a b http://www.ng.mil/ngbgomo/library/bio/1621.htm
  15. ^ http://www.il.ngb.army.mil/pao/newsrelease.aspx?id=656
  16. ^ http://www.bnd.com/2013/05/19/2623061/father-and-son-are-among-lindenwood.html
  17. ^ Fitzgerald, Mike. “Enyart and Plummer Blast Each Other in 12th Congressional Debate.” BND.com, September 20, 2012. http://www.bnd.com/2012/09/20/2331624/enyart-and-plummer-blast.html.
  18. ^ http://elections.chicagotribune.com/editorial/william-l-enyart/
  19. ^ http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/IL
  20. ^ "Congressman-Elect Bill Enyart Named to House Armed Services Committee". enyart.house.gov. January 3, 2012. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  21. ^ http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr624
  22. ^ http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/1739
  23. ^ http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/637?q=hr+637
  24. ^ http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2013/h117
  25. ^ http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr624eh/pdf/BILLS-113hr624eh.pdf
  26. ^ http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CRPT-113hrpt39/pdf/CRPT-113hrpt39.pdf
  27. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/16/white-house-cispa-veto-threat_n_3094865.html
  28. ^ http://beta.congress.gov/amendment/113th-congress/house-amendment/152
  29. ^ http://beta.congress.gov/amendment/113th-congress/house-amendment/168
  30. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll412.xml
  31. ^ http://amash.house.gov/speech/amash-nsa-amendment-fact-sheet

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jerry Costello
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 12th congressional district

January 3, 2013 – present
Succeeded by
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Tammy Duckworth
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Esty